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NNS: Busch Dominates Iowa

Kyle Busch made sure his lengthy commute was worthwhile, as he spanked the field in Saturday night’s U.S. Cellular 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway.

PDF > UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS: U.S. CELLULAR 250 - IOWA SPEEDWAY LINK > UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: U.S. CELLULAR 250 - IOWA SPEEDWAY

Busch, who had to travel roundup from Pocono Raceway where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race tomorrow to Iowa, led 208 of 250 laps in putting yet another beatdown on the NNS field.

After briefly losing the lead on pit road under caution, the 25-year-old Las Vegas native passed Kevin Harvick with 25 laps to go to seal the win in his all-conquering No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Harvick held on to take second in his Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, followed by Jason Leffler’s Braun Racing Toyota. NNS points leader Brad Keselowski and 19-year-old Trevor Bayne completed the top five.

Bayne started from the pole, but Busch took the lead on the opening lap and established himself as the man to beat from then on.

The race was red-flagged on Lap 42, when Reed Sorenson had a savage hit after his right front tire blew in Turn 2.

The second flag came out on Lap 94 after Colin Braun blew a right-front tire, spun off Turn 2 and was t-boned at high speed by Brian Keselowski, who in turn was rammed from behind by Brendan Gaughan. Paul Menard then hit the back of Gaughan.

In both cases, the tire failures were caused when the beads melted on the right fronts due to extreme brake heat.

Harvick and four other took the top five spots by taking two tires each under caution with 42 laps to go, but Busch quickly was up to second when the green waved, passing four cars in a single lap.

With 25 laps to go, Busch went around Harvick on the high side to take a lead he would never relinquish. Busch now has nine victories in 17 Nationwide starts this season, and 39 wins in 190 career races in NASCAR’s AAA division.

PDF > UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS: U.S. CELLULAR 250 - IOWA SPEEDWAY LINK > UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: U.S. CELLULAR 250 - IOWA SPEEDWAY

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of SPEED.com, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. You can follow him online at twitter.com/tomjensen100 and e-mail him at Jensen is the author of “Cheating: The Bad Things Good NASCAR Nextel Cup Racers Do In Pursuit of Speed,” and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Jensen is the past President of the National Motorsports Press Association and an NMPA Writer of the Year.